The deep value and benefits of Socratic inquiry are vast. In the work-place, asking and answering a few key questions can bring a fluid discipline to the day that is far more effective than reviewing a checklist. In fact, consider the reality that if someone is focused only on going over a checklist, this is a ritual that is actually supporting and sustaining disengagement. Many believe that if they focus on the tasks on the list, that they are doing the right thing to align people and outcomes. But this is only partially true.
Alternatively, when we pose compelling questions to the mind, it immediately becomes more active and engaged. When beginning a meeting, for example, asking the participants to answer a few questions ...